compared to the anza chassis. you must have missed jangs post above.
its also not as simple as running to home depot and snagging five pieces of aluminum, some velcro, and quite a lot of plastic. there is research and design, machining, coating, marketing, hardware, etc, etc involved in something like this.
I don't argue that at all. I make product for a living-- I know exactly what goes into the finished product, from concept to completion. My point is that they now make the single most expensive option part for the Traxxas Slash. A part that is touted "by racers, for racers," for a platform that is not by nature a racing platform.
The part costs as much as it does, first and foremost, because there is a pretty big group of people that will pay it. Not because it cost that much to make. ProLine makes much less in-house than they used to. Their margins on these sort of parts is quite large. I know, because I could replicate one of these as a one off, including hard-coating the aluminum, and molding and casting the parts, and it would come out in the ~$200 area.
Bottom line: it's simply too expensive for what it is. It costs more than an SC10 roller. And that's just the PL chassis alone.
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